Centralising youth employment policies in Ghana can make them more effective in addressing the unemployment problem

Unemployed youth sitting on the ground

Youth employment in Ghana is high and increasing. The situation is particularly sever for youth ages 15 to 24, for young women, and youth in urban areas. Various governments have dedicated significant resources to implementing policies that aim to address the country’s youth employment challenges. A team of local researchers reviewed the four key youth employment policies and programs (YEPs) and three potential YEPs to understand what works to increase youth employment. They found that the existing YEPs need centralised implementation to improve coordination and minimise program duplication. The team also identified “consolidating youth employment programs” as the most promising alternative policy option as it would enhance coordination and efficiency for moderate government investment.

Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

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